Saints march on in impressive start

Robbie Holden runs on to score Saints second goal at Kinnoull
Robbie Holden runs on to score Saints second goal at Kinnoull

This weekend St Andrews United look to continue their unbeaten start to the season when they take on Dundee Violet at The Parkk.

Saints have so far drawn with Dundonald at home and then went to Kinnoull and won comfortably on Saturday, however, United’s boss Phil McGuire expects Violet to put up a different kind of fight to both sides faced so far.

He said: “Violet have been playing well and play as a unit, whether attacking or defending.

“They break quickly and rely a lot of the time on the rapid Jake Mair on the left.

“We have watched them and are fairly confident we know what to expect.

“From our point of view we are struggling to name the same side for consecutive games but we will battle on and see what we can do.”

Saints have announced that James Drummond has left the club to resume his studies at Stirling University and McGuire is actively looking to replace him.

Also missing will be Kevin McMullan who is currently working away.

Kick Off at The Parkk on Saturday is 2.30pm.

At the weekend Saints saw off Kinnoull with a 3-1 win away from home.

McGuire brought in keeper Darren Clarkson, on loan from Dundee United, for his debut in place of Fraser Hayles with Danny Dobie making his debut at left back.

United came out of the blocks like a train with Kinnoull stunned like a rabbit caught in the headlights of a juggernaut and it was no surprise when Paddy Deane rifled the ball beyond Scott Christie with just five minutes on the clock.

Deane repaid the favour just three minutes later As he played a ball through, Holden rounded the keeper before sliding the ball in to the empty net.

Deane was unlucky not to add to his goal on 23 minutes after using his strength to hold off the defender but saw his shot go inches wide.

Kinnoull then hit Saints with a sucker blow as a long ball caught the defence out of position and as Clarkson came out, the ball was knocked home by Mark Smith.

McGuire replaced Kelly with Kadela switching Buchan to the right and the substitution immediately paid off.

Buchan picked the ball up on the right before getting to the byline and whipping the ball back for a Holden tap in.